2012-08-25 - The Armor of God
Ephesians 6:13 "Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand." (NIV)
As Christians, we encounter many trials and difficulties in our journey through life. Life is not easy. What do we use, to help us get through these tough times? Ephesians 6:13-17 tells us that we have been equipped with special gear, "the full armor of God", to help us in our struggles. First, we have the "belt of truth" wrapped around our waist - God's word, which we should study daily. Next, we wear the "breastplate of righteousness" to protect us; we are covered in God's righteousness. Then we are told that our feet are "fitted with readiness that comes with the gospel of peace." Fourth, we have a "shield of faith" to protect us from "the flaming arrows of the evil one." Let's ask God to strengthen our faith. We also have "the helmet of salvation," our saving faith - and the "sword of the Spirit," the guidance of the Holy Spirit, which comes through God's word, the advice of mature and wise Christians, for example.
So, we are provided with a full uniform of protection. From head to toe, we are covered with God's armor. When we face the enemy's attacks, we are equipped to withstand these assaults. As Paul encourages us to do so, we are to be ready to stand our ground.
Do you have your equipment on?